Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access: Home Picks

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Ok, yes, every blogger in the universe is talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale...I know, I know! But...most of them are fashion bloggers and ya'll know we're here to (mostly) talk about home stuff. So hopefully this is a bit of a different take for you. I just had to share a couple of my favorite home scores from the Early Access Sale. Right now the sale is just for Nordstrom card holders, and the sale opens to the public in a week. There are a few things I've had my eye on for a few months and was really happy to see were included in the sale.



One (my very favorite rug, which is way out of my budget but I wanted to include because it is discounted so if ever you were going to scoop it up now would be the time!)
Two I've eyed this pillow for a while - perfect for a serene bed
Three A classic, neutral pouf that can go anywhere
Four You can't go wrong with simple latte bowls. We have these and use them constantly.
Five My very favorite way to style a kitchen is by layering pretty cutting boards for detail and dimension
Six Rifle Paper Co...need I say more?!
Seven So many pretty rugs in this sale! Love this silver and soft blue one
Eight Most of their Dash and Albert rugs are on sale. They have the best classic patterns!
Nine People rave about these Nordstrom towels
Ten I've been hunting for a pure white pillow with a good pattern on it. This one is under $20!
Eleven Fall is coming, which means cozy throws everywhere
Twelve Another pretty rug with tons of interest
Thirteen My mom has wanted this pillow for her master foreverrrrr and it's finally on sale!
Fourteen And I've wanted this blush ikat pillow foreverrrrr too : )

Is there anything you're loving from the sale? Happy shopping!




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Favorite Inexpensive Brass Curtain Rods (And White Curtains Too!)

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Hi guys! First of all, I have to say thanks for all the love over on Instagram about my backsplash debacle. I'll write a full post on the experience soon, but you guys were all so sweet and supportive and I really appreciate it!


Besides pouting about tile this weekend (ha!) I also got our living room curtains hung! It took me a long time to decide what to do about window treatments in here because of both cost and looks. These are such large windows that I didn't want to spend a bunch, but couldn't decide whether we needed blinds/shades in addition to curtains. I also dragged my feet a bit because my favorite Target Farrah panels were perpetually sold out in the longer size. (I just went to get the link for you and they are back in stock! So the story of my life haha!) I knew the Ikea Ritva curtains were a favorite of many bloggers, but they are just a touch off-white, and I really love a true white, so was hesitant.


Ultimately though, we really, really needed window coverings so I ordered two packs of Ritvas and am really happy with them. They are ever so slightly off-white but it's certainly not the end of the world. They have a nice hand to them and look much more elegant than their price point. As you can see we've made a decent amount of progress in our great room and it's really starting to feel like home!


And now on to the best part...these curtain rods. They are the Umbra Cappa brushed brass rods and I love them. They are very similar to these from West Elm which I love but at a much better price point. The largest size (which I have) is usually between $40 and $50. You can find them on Amazon, Hayneedle, and a few other stores if you want to compare prices.


I somehow got crazy lucky one night and stumbled on them for just $10 a piece! I seriously think it was a glitch in the system! I bought three rods as quickly as I possibly could in case the price went back up while I was on there. Even if you don't find them for that price, they are still a great deal.


I paired them with these ring clips from Walmart.com, which were also very affordable. They are a pretty close match to the rods. The clips are probably a bit more shiny and the rods more matte. If you're very OCD it might bother you, but I think especially once hung it's hardly noticeable.


I am so happy with how our simple window treatments turned out! I'm glad I didn't end up getting other shades, since just the panels keeps things so light and simple. We can just draw the curtains closed in the evening, easy peasey. It was the perfect touch to make this room feel more complete!

G E T  T H E  L O O K





S O U R C E  L I S T

Wall Color: Casual Elegance by Porter Paints
Curtain Rods: Amazon | Hayneedle
Curtains: Ikea Ritva
Curtain Ring Clips: Walmart
Sofa: Birch Lane
Dining Table: Pier 1
Dining End Chairs: Similar
Dining Chairs: Wayfair
Fiddle Leaf Fig: Amazon
Abstract Wall Art: Home Goods | similar | similar | similar
Coffee Table: Wayfair
Floor Lamp: Target
Pillows: similar | similar
Club Chairs: Wayfair


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

20 of the Best Bar Stools (And What We Chose for the New Kitchen)



Our new kitchen…be still my heart! It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of! Beautiful white cabinets with crown molding, a gorgeous custom vent hood, quartz counters (don’t tell, but I would have picked lighter ones…but I’m not going to complain!), and a soon-to-be marble subway tile backsplash (we are having it changed since this one is pretty but a bit busy for our taste).



I agonized over which bar stools to put in this stunner, knowing they’d be like the jewel in the crown. There are so many beautiful choices out there, but I had a few details I really wanted. I knew I wanted them to have a back, for both comfort and kid safety, and I really wanted them to be white to break up the dark countertop a bit. Right off the bat, I fell in love with the Riviera stool from Serena and Lily. It had just the casual-modern look I was going for, had a nice tall back, was light and bright and added a touch of natural wood tones with the bamboo legs. But ya’ll know I love a bargain, so I looked everywhere to see if I could find something similar at a better price, with not much luck.




The runners up were these upholstered beauties from Joss and Main. I do absolutely love them, and if we weren’t right in the middle of raising up little ones I might have picked them. Of course I have bright white upholstery other places in my house, but we are intentional about not eating on it (not gonna work with a bar stool) and really it’s all slipcovered and therefore very washable. Upholstery not so much. So the Serena and Lily beauties ultimately won out for their wipe-ability! #ToddlerLife

Now that we have them in our home I have to say we absolutely love them! They are incredibly comfortable, with nice long seats so your legs aren’t dangling uncomfortably. We get compliments from everyone who comes over. I’m ultimately so glad I went with them! 


If you’re on the hunt for bar stools, I rounded up a few of my other favorites, since I’ve now seen just about everything out there haha! Which ones would be your pick?


one | two | three | four


Friday, June 30, 2017

A Few Peeks at Our New House (And Fourth of July Sales!)


Ahhh I have so much to tell you guys about our new home! We moved in a week ago and it was a total whirlwind but we are so glad to be here! It is absolutely beautiful and so different than living in an older home. I loved many things about our former house but am excited for this new adventure in a brand new build we can love for years to come. It's a gorgeous blank slate and I am loving the process of making it our own! Since I sold so much of what we used in our last house (not everything, but quite a bit) I was able to use that money to purchase some new pieces that fit this home and space better. I'll have lots more to share in the coming weeks but wanted to share a few angles of our new place plus let you know that several of our new pieces are on major sale right now.


Let's start with our bar stools. I plan to do a whole post on them and choosing bar stools, but let's just say we love them! They are the Riviera stools from Serena and Lily and everything there is 20% off right now. That is the best discount I've seen from them so if you're on the fence about buying these beauties like I was, now is the time!


And our gorgeous new dining table that I am in love with is on serious sale! It's marked down, plus an extra 15% off, which puts it at around $400 which is an absolute steal and even less than I paid! It's the Pier 1 Bradding Natural Stone Wash 84" Table.


And this has nothing to do with sales but is just a little corner of our kitchen that makes me happy : ) Our house is far from being put together so I live for a few pulled together areas that make it seem like home.

Here are a few more of the great sales I found for Independence Day. Happy Fourth of July!

Joss and Main has 20% off the Fourth of July sales with code FIREWORKS
West Elm and Pottery Barn have up to 50% off at their Premier Sale

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

12th + White Moving Sale! (And Time Change)


Whew! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of showings and contracts and everything that goes into buying and selling real estate. Our house is now under contract which means we're packing up and making plans and everything is in a constant state of chaos...but we're so excited to be moving! If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen that I am having a moving sale this Saturday. Our new house is very different from our current one in terms of both style and space, so I'm letting go of quite a bit. Most of it is definitely in the vintage vein so if you're a chippy antiques lover, this will be the sale for you! I'll try to show some sneak peeks of everything in my Instagram stories in the coming days.

The buyers are actually purchasing most of the furniture I was going to sell, so there is not too much furniture except a few small pieces. But there are lots and lots of accessories! Architectural salvage, old baskets, ironstone, old scales, dishes, etc. There will also be newer home decor items like pillows, accessories, florals and several rugs.

The sale is this Saturday, June 10. When I first posted I was planning to hold the sale in the morning, but because of some scheduling details I need to move it to 2 - 4 p.m. It's at my home in Wichita, KS, and if you'd like to join us just email me for the address at courtneymbrowning (at) gmail.com. I'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Four Reasons Why Accent Chairs Are My Go-To's in Decor

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Ya'll know I love to change around my decor and keep things fresh. One of my favorite ways to do that is with accent pieces like side chairs. These go-anywhere pieces are so easy to swap around to give a room a new look. Here are four reasons why they are my go-to.

1. The Team Player. Fill in Any Decor Gap.

I moved my favorite white side chair into this awkward, hard-to-fill space next to our fireplace and voila, instant reading nook. Anytime a corner needs a little livening up, I know I can just pop in a cute chair and the work is done. Plus, chairs are easy to change up with a different throw or pillow, like this striped beauty I added for another layer. Every now and again I swing and miss when ordering accessories like pillows online. But I've gotten more confident in purchasing them because I know that if I need to return something, PayPal will pick up the return shipping for me! Yep, no more debating between keeping an item you're not thrilled with or paying that pesky return shipping cost (ugh). PayPal picks up the return shipping tab for you and everybody's happy!

2. Did Someone Say Affordable? Yes!

You guys know what a bargain shopper I am. You can find accent chairs at such great prices, and they are so much less of an investment than pricey pieces like sofas. Often I see them for incredible prices at stores like TJ Maxx (this favorite white chair was a TJX score). And when I'm buying furniture online, I love that I can use PayPal's Pay After Delivery to make sure I love what I purchased. PayPal's Pay After Delivery option lets me shop with confidence knowing I can inspect that pretty new chair (or any other goodie I've ordered) before I pay. And my purchase is protected if something's not right. I love that it takes all the worry out of ordering online!

3. The Go-Anywhere Chair. Versatility and Flexibility.

It's rare that a piece will work as well in my bedroom as it does in a dining room, but that's exactly what I love about the versatility of accent chairs. I love that I can choose a gorgeous chair and it will have a home in almost any room of the house. Here I added upholstered parsons chairs to the ends of our dining table and it completely changed the look of the room. But I could easily slide one in to the corner of our bedroom and it would fit in just as well.

4. They Make a Statement. Hubba Hubba.

Here I used two matching chairs to create the feel of a larger piece. I love the statement they make and how much symmetry they add to the room. Sometimes a good chair is the cherry on top when you've got lots of larger pieces in a room, or need to visually break up a space.

What about you guys? Do you have a go-to piece of furniture or decor? Do tell!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Plans for the New House {Master Bedroom}

There is so much I want to do in our new house! The great thing is it doesn't need any work at all. We could move in, set our furniture down and be done. But you know I have more planned than that! While I don't want to do anything major like renovating or even painting, I do have plans to change most light fixtures and then really make it come alive with furnishings and accessories (my favorite part anyway!). The master bedroom is first on the list mostly because we want to upgrade to a king bed and finally graduate to dressers I did not own when I was 4 haha. Here is the very lovely blank slate we're working with. I love the large window, vaulted ceiling and textured carpet (I can't believe I'm saying I love a carpet, but this one I actually do!).



I want this room to feel very sophisticated and relaxing, like a luxury hotel or spa. I've been really inspired by Monika Hibbs' master bedroom. Isn't her custom headboard gorgeous?!


And here are my plans for the space. The white tufted wingback headboard will be the star of the show, piled high with sumptuous linens and flanked by gold and white night stands.

 




I would also love to infuse some interest and personality into the room with curtains trimmed with this gorgeous Samuel and Sons trim tape. It's those kind of details that make a room feel custom. I'm not sure I can handle the price tag though haha. I'm hoping I can locate it for a good price or find something similar.


While we're on the subject of bedrooms, does anyone have an opinion on mattresses? I've been looking into the ones you order online that come in a box and expand in your house, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to buy without trying them out. Does anyone have a favorite brand - either traditional or online?

I am having so much fun making plans for our new house! If all goes according to plan we will move in at the beginning of July. Of course it will take some time to get settled and we may have to save up for some of the bigger purchases we're wanting to make, but I'm sure I'll have lots to show you over the next several months! Can't wait!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our House Is For Sale! {And Five Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell}

It's finally happening! After a house hunt that felt like forever (although technically it was probably only a few months) and thinking we would never find the perfect house at the perfect price, we found our dream home! It's a new build, and actually by the builder we were working with before we talked with our bank and decided we couldn't really afford to build the house we wanted, so it all worked out in the end! We put an offer in last week, which included some pretty big asks of the seller, and couldn't believe it when he accepted without any changes! Our current house hit the market yesterday and I thought I would share some photos of it staged for real estate from the listing. It's not terribly different than usual but it is interesting the difference between real estate photography and interior photography.


Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

Here are my best tips for staging your home to sell. This comes from both my experience touring homes recently and getting ours ready to sell.

1. Clean, Clean, Clean
I admit I am not the world's best house keeper, but when getting your home ready to sell it must be sparkling. We hired a professional crew to come in and clean everything before listing and it was money well spent. I have been into several homes while looking that just did not feel clean, and were even kind of grody, and it just turned us off so fast. Make sure your home is as clean as possible while having showings. This is tricky while living there (and with kids!) but it's totally worth the extra hassle to get the home sold.


2. Declutter
I know you hear this one a lot, but it really is so true. You don't realize how much "stuff" you live with day-to-day that doesn't make the house look its best. I like to think we don't leave out too much, but I still removed probably 3/4 of what was on our kitchen counters and even lots of my decorative items from other rooms just for the staging. Let the rooms breathe and people won't be distracted by all your stuff.


3. Showcase a Lifestyle
This is sort of an ambiguous one, but when you're selling your home you're really selling a lifestyle. Make your spaces feel as luxurious and relaxing as possible. You want people to imagine the great life they could have if they bought this house. It's not about how you live, it's how you want people to imagine living. Our realtor gave me the tip of adding potted orchids to the bathrooms and even that little step took things up a notch. Try thinking of presenting your home as if it were a luxury hotel and see what changes you would make to create that kind of feeling.


 
4. Make It Move-In-Ready
There wasn't a lot that needed to be done to our house, but there were several small projects we completed just to make the home look its best and so they wouldn't be a deterrent to buyers. Complete all those little projects that have been on the back burner, so buyers don't see "work" when they walk into your house.



5. Show How to Use the Space
Stage your home to show the best way to use its space. Even if you're using rooms differently, it's important to show buyers what they can be. Remember, it's not about how you live, it's how you want people to imagine living.



I'm really hoping our house will sell quickly and we can be in our new home in no time! If you're in the Wichita area and would like more details on our home, just shoot me a message and I'd be glad to share more with you. Thanks for sticking with me through this moving process! I have tons of plans and ideas for the new home to share, so watch for that super soon!

Want to know where something in our house is from? I've got you covered right here >>

Monday, March 20, 2017

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

I've confessed my love for celebrating holidays with little ones before, and Easter is no exception. You can see how I decked out Lexie's first Easter basket last year here. She was tiny then, and is definitely more of a toddler now, so I know she'll really enjoy the little gifts we've picked up for her.

I don't like to go overboard on the "smaller holidays" (ie not Christmas/birthday), but it is usually a good excuse for a couple new toys to keep her interested, or a new outfit or two with a change of seasons. Plus I just really love watching her discover new ways to play!






1. Lamb Plush | Bunny Plush - Sweet, charming keepsakes.
2. Bunny Ears - these are from Target, and are only sold in stores. So cute for $2! I'm planning on adding some faux flowers to ours for a sweet touch.
3. Felt Flower Headband - to go with the perfectly chosen Easter dress
4. Bunny Book | Marshmallow Book - can you ever have too many books? We would read all day if Lexie had her way.
5. Easter Bunny Pajamas - Just so cute!
6. Play Vegetable Garden Set - Mr. McGregor would be jealous!
7. Bunny Sippy Cup - Again...can you ever have too many with a toddler around?
8. Play Eggs - Pretend food is a current favorite.
9. Bunny Egg Decorating Set
10. Flower Play Set - Springy and great for fine motor skills.
11. Fairy Reusable Sticker Set - I am so excited to give Lexie her new sticker sets...I think she'll love them!



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Friday, March 10, 2017

Currently...

 
We're still in the planning stages of our 30th birthday trip to Charleston, and this new boutique hotel has me swooning. Even if you don't plan on staying, their Instagram is worth following.

 
This bathroom reno from The Leslie Style is stunning! I love her point about the accessories making the room, too.

 
While we're on the subject of bathrooms, how about this beauty from Heather Bullard? All the heart eyes!

Ikea's latest sofa is really lovely, with a bit more sophistication than most of their usual offerings.



A whole lot of eye candy in this sweet shop themed birthday party (yes...birthday party)

 
I made this one-pot recipe last week and it was a hit and so easy!

 
Wisteria is offering up to 30% off anything you can set a drink on - so all their gorgeous chests, tables, trays, etc. You guys know I'm a budget shopper, but sometimes a stunning heirloom-quality piece is worth the splurge, and that's totally what Wisteria's beautiful furniture is. I'm eyeing a couple really special things for our new house.

Top row: chest | tray | bench
Bottom: tray | trunk | chest

Happy weekend, everyone!




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